Co-Leader of Smart Utilities and Smart Cities
CMG Consulting LLC
Dr. Mani Vadari is a Senior Consultant at CMG and also President of Modern Grid Solutions delivering consulting and training services to a global set of smart grid companies (utilities and vendors) seeking deep subject matter expertise in setting the business, technical and strategic direction to develop the next-generation electric/energy system.
Expertise — Strategic Planning, Business Cases, Business Models, Project Management, Grid Design, Utility Operations, Energy Markets, Technology Management and Technology Integration.
CMG Frameworks — Strategy and Scenario Planning, Smart Grid Roadmap, Smart City Roadmap, Distributed Energy and Microgrid Planning, Virtual Power Plan Planning, and Distribution Management System Lifecycle Management.
A frequent keynoter at industry events in US and abroad, he also serves on boards of several companies and industry groups like Utility Horizons, Microgrid Technical Institute, Global smart Cities Council and the GridWise alliance. Dr. Vadari’s Smart Grid Training is delivered to utilities and their vendors to educate the executives and management of the new workforce. Dr. Vadari’s book “Electric Systems Operations – Evolution to the Modern Grid” is available at leading book-sellers. Dr. Vadari was also recently named as a 2012 Smart Grid Pioneer by Smart Grid Today.
Dr. Vadari has been delivering solutions to the electric utility industry focusing on Transmission/Distribution/ generation operations, Energy markets, and Smart Grid for over 25 years. His roles have mostly been Business Architect, and/or Lead solution delivery for major utilities in North America and the world. Dr. Vadari is considered a Smart Grid subject matter expert, offering sought-after perspectives on electric value chain.
Dr Vadari’s key focus is on building viable and successful businesses. Previously, Dr. Vadari was at Battelle where he founded their Energy Infrastructure business unit anchored by an industry leading demand management product. Dr. Vadari was also at Accenture where he was a lead partner in their T&D practice providing global leadership for System Operations and Smart Grid. Dr. Vadari’s efforts led to establishing Accenture as a major presence in Smart Grid winning several foundational projects in North America, Europe, UK and China.